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LVIV, UKRAINE

The MTW L’viv team seeks to establish a church-planting church in this largest and most influential city of western Ukraine. This uniquely cross-cultural team, with members from America, Ukraine, and South Africa, is building relationships through hospitality-based ministries, including RUF Global, an English-language ministry, publishing, and mercy. Members of the church plant are also actively engaged in supporting and planting a church in Krakow, Poland.

Many people in this culture have a great nominal affinity for Christianity and are open to discussing God’s Word, so many of the team’s ministries are designed with this in mind. The team values a posture of learning and service toward the culture, history, and language of L’viv. Their main focus is on building relationships with Ukrainians through open homes and open lives.

They also provide a training environment for the next generation of missionaries by mentoring future missionaries through summer and longer-term internships. Their hope is that one day the surrounding western region will flourish with Ukrainian-speaking church plants, bringing the Word of God into people’s daily lives. Learn more about the work by visiting the team website.

MEET THE TEAM

Ball, Laura

In L'viv, Ukraine, Laura will love and disciple university students, with an eye as well toward serving recent grads and young professional women making the transition from school to career.

In L'viv, Ukraine, Laura will love and disciple university students, with an eye as well toward serving recent grads...

Cordell, Bradley & Sara

Bradley directs a Reformed publishing ministry in L'viv, Ukraine, and also also serves as a U.S. mobilizer and support coach with the Birmingham Missions Cohort in Alabama.

Bradley directs a Reformed publishing ministry in L'viv, Ukraine, and also also serves as a U.S. mobilizer and...

Hacquebord, Heero & Anya

The Hacquebords are helping plant and grow a vibrant church in western Ukraine.

The Hacquebords are helping plant and grow a vibrant church in western Ukraine.

Norris, Kirk & Anna

Kirk and Anna serve the people of L'viv, Ukraine, with the only truth that can heal their brokenness.

Kirk and Anna serve the people of L'viv, Ukraine, with the only truth that can heal their brokenness.

Norton, Clarke & Khrystya

Clarke and Khrystya are involved in young adult ministry in L'viv, Ukraine.

Clarke and Khrystya are involved in young adult ministry in L'viv, Ukraine.

Powell, Jonathan & Olya

Together, they have a passion for seeing young people in L’viv come to know and love Jesus.

Together, they have a passion for seeing young people in L’viv come to know and love Jesus.

Shepherd, Doug & Masha

Doug and Masha are helping plant new churches in the western region of Ukraine beginning with L’viv.

Doug and Masha are helping plant new churches in the western region of Ukraine beginning with L’viv.

Sheppard, Andrew

Andrew will soon return to L'viv, Ukraine to disciple and mentor university students.

Andrew will soon return to L'viv, Ukraine to disciple and mentor university students.

Römer, Mikael & Zuzanna

The Römers will join MTW Team Lviv to help their church-planting efforts, to learn from them, and ultimately to plant biblical, Reformed, gospel-centered churches in Ukraine and beyond.

The Römers will join MTW Team Lviv to help their church-planting efforts, to learn from them, and ultimately to plant...

Church Planting With Team L’viv

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The Greenhouse: Ministry Training in Lviv
Summer Internships
RUF Campus Ministry in L'viv
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Teaching English
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Church Planting Opportunities in Ukraine
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Stairway to Missions: Kirk Norris’ Journey From Intern to Career Missionary in Ukraine

Many become career missionaries via an incremental journey of discernment, beginning their journey as interns. Kirk Norris is one example.

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Building the Church Planter’s Toolbox: The Long-Term Impact of Ukraine’s Publishing Ministry

MTW’s publishing ministry in L’viv, now with over 250 Reformed resources, is equipping a generation of Ukrainian church planters.

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Church Planting With Team L'viv (VIDEO)

One of the challenges in L’viv is that most people have a certain respect for the Church, but don’t read the Bible themselves.

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A Summer Internship Reveals a Surprise Call to Missions

What did I know about Ukraine? I knew it's near Russia and it’s cold. Still I found myself emailing the team leader for more information.

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Growing in the Greenhouse: My Summer in Ukraine

Kristin Newman paints a picture of her summer in “The Greenhouse,” a cross-cultural missionary training and mentorship program in L’viv.

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The Gracious Break: A Life Transformed in Ukraine (Video)

A broken foot at just the right time altered the trajectory of a young woman's life in L'viv, Ukraine.

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My Calling to Ukraine: A Video

At 20 Doug Shepherd understood the gospel, but didn't know if he was fit to serve. Watch as he shares how he came to recognize God's call.

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Transformed by the Gospel in Ukraine: A Video

Missionary Masha Shepherd is a Ukrainian who came to Christ in college, a decision that had a significant impact on her mother, Olena.

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Spontaneous Love: Ukrainian Church Plant Reaches Out to Refugees

When disabled and elderly refugees from eastern Ukraine were forced to flee, a local Presbyterian church embraced them like family.

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They All Have First Names

As refugees flood into European countries where we minister, we are learning how to love them as Christ does.

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Finding Jesus in Ukraine: My Journey from Atheist to Missionary

I grew up in a typical Soviet atheist family, not thinking about God and faith. Then one summer I met real Christians for the first time.

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Goliath Must Fall: Two Gospel Stories

In a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city, these stories declare the gospel to be "the power of God unto salvation."

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The Crisis in Ukraine

The political situation unfolding across Ukraine is impacting the lives of missionaries and could have implications for future ministry.

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"This is our 9/11"

Unrest in Ukraine ushers in a new season of spiritual openness.

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The Remarkable Influence of Believers in Ukraine

With much thanksgiving, I write to confirm that God is answering prayers for Ukraine in marvelous ways.

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Looking After Souls

Robin teared up as she shared her frustrations. Alyona reached out her hand and said, "But you have talent. You look after souls."

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Pray for the church-planting team in L'viv, Ukraine, and the Ukrainians they serve. 

Pray for Ukrainian refugees who are being welcomed by the church in Belgorod to be drawn to Christ. 

Pray for MTW's ministry to refugees in Greece, Germany, Ukraine, Uganda, Panama, and the U.S.

Pray for teams teaching English (ESL) as a part of their ministry and for the students who attend English classes/camp.

Thank God for bringing Ukrainians to faith in Him and giving them the vision to reach their own country for Christ. Pray for many more to be transformed.

Pray for two women, Monika and Andrea, who have recently come to faith against the odds in a hard-to-reach, largely atheistic European city.

Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.

Pray for the safety of believers in Ukraine. Pray for God to use the crisis to strengthen their faith and bring more Ukrainians to Christ.

Pray for believers in Ukraine during a time of political uncertainty.

Give thanks to God for believers in Ukraine who are standing strong and joining together across denominations for prayer.

L’viv Church Building

A church building provides credibility and permanence in a skeptical culture.

Ukraine Publishing Ministry

Support the publication of Reformed materials in Ukraine.